West Michigan born and raised since 1989!
West Michigan born and raised since 1989!
West Michigan born and raised since 1989!
West Michigan born and raised since 1989!

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FRESH REGIONAL INGREDIENTS

INGREDIENTS WE LOVE. PEOPLE WE TRUST.

Fresh and regional ingredients are part of ACANA’s 25 year heritage and essential to their Biologically Appropriate mission.

Kentucky’s local food culture is a perfect fit for ACANA foods. ACANA’s DogStar® kitchens are located in the center of a dynamic agricultural community, providing access to specialty farmers with whom they partner to advance their fresh regional ingredient mission.

Equipped with state-of-the-art fresh food processing technologies, ACANA’s DogStar® kitchens feature 25,000 square feet of cooler space, capable of holding over 500,000 pounds of fresh local meats, fish and poultry, plus fresh whole local fruits and vegetables.

Unmatched by any pet food maker, ACANA’s ingredients are deemed fit for human consumption when they arrive at their kitchens fresh, bursting with goodness, and typically within 48 hours from when they were harvested.

HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT?

What many pet food makers call fresh are actually pet-grade meats frozen into 55lb blocks to make them easier to transport and store, which are often frozen and thawed a number of times. Often these meats are many months old before becoming food for pets.

Worse yet, many North American pet food makers take dried animal ingredients, add 4 parts of water to create a ‘meat slurry’ – an ingredient they then label ‘fresh or raw’.

No wonder there’s so much confusion!

FRESH AND RAW: THE ACANA WAY

In an industry known for liberal ingredient descriptions, ACANA believes it’s important to be clear with pet lovers on what an ingredient is or isn’t. When they say fresh, they mean it. They define fresh or raw as:

FRESH: ACANA’s fresh ingredients meet the AAFCO standard of REFRIGERATION AS THE SOLE METHOD OF PRESERVATION.

RAW: AAFCO offers a variety of raw definitions, ACANA uses only one; THEIR RAW INGREDIENTS ARE THE SAME AS THEIR FRESH, THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS THEY ARE FROZEN.

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